Georgia cop shot in head, suspect dead after motel shooting
A Georgia police officer was shot in the head in a shootout with a suspect at a motel on Tuesday night, authorities said.
The officer, who has not been publicly identified, was hospitalized and was in stable condition as of Wednesday morning, the Covington Police Department said.
“We ask for your prayers and positive thoughts from our community and surrounding friends at this time for our friends and colleagues, family and our CPD family,” the department wrote on Facebook.
The shooting happened after officers arrived at the OYO Hotel on Alcovy Road in Covington at around 10:30pm about a reported brawl between a couple, FOX5 Atlanta reported.
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A witness who lived at the motel told the guard that the couple “argued all night” and refused to answer the door to the responding officer.
The woman said someone inside eventually opened the door. However, the situation escalated, according to the witness, who said she heard the officer repeatedly say, “Put your gun down,” before shots were fired.
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The officer was hit near his eye and the bullet lodged in his jaw, station law enforcement sources said.
When the suspect pointed a gun at the downed officer, another officer returned fire, killing the suspect, the station’s Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
The agency said the suspect identified was 23-year-old Treyvorius Stodghill.
No other injuries were reported during the incident.